The Top 7... Console gaming exclusives of 2010

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Why it's an amazing exclusive:

Mario remains the jewel in Nintendo's crown, effortlessly bridging casual and hardcore appeal with his kiddy-friendly appearance and impeccable hardcore level design. And while the other game companies may wish they had him in their portfolio, truth is Mario wouldn't fit on another console. Microsoft would probably hand him to Rare to kiddify into the ground, while Sony execs would banish him to PSN as a quirky downloadable throwback. But Nintendo tackles the now taboo idea of a kid-friendly gaming mascot in the era of space marines and psycho-killers with charm, gravity and exceptional quality.

What's more, the open-ended nature of progression through Galaxy 2 means that a lot of the tougher levels can be passed up without halting your march towards the battle with Bowser. A good thing, too – some of the challenges are brutal, the like of which we haven't seen since the 16-bit era. They're there if you fancy the challenge, though – and not one of the 242 levels feels like it's there for the sake of it, easily matching the original Galaxy for invention and scale.

Above: Control, audio, art style, invention, longevity... Super Mario Galaxy 2 is just magnificent in every way

Graphically, it's beautifully realised, and would only need HD resolution to look as good as a 'big console' release. This standard-def adventure defies all the Wii's supposed shortcomings, delivering unforgettable scenes and a cohesive art direction across its myriad of worlds.

Nintendo now has the first and second best 3D platformers ever made on one machine in the shape of Galaxy 2 and its predecessor. Miyamoto must be pretty smug.

The moment you can't get anywhere else: Grandmaster Galaxy Daredevil Run

This is simply the hardest platform level in modern gaming. The final star in the game requires you to beat the already hard-as-nails Grandmaster Galaxy with the tiny proviso that you mustn't get hit by an enemy. It requires you to utilise skills you've developed over some 15 years of 3D Mario games, making pixel-perfect long jumps, swinging around with Yoshi's tongue, saving uses of the new cloud suit for later sections and mastering the now-familiar capabilities of the Wii Remote.

Finally getting into that last launch star and watching the white-out clear to reveal Princess Rosalina standing by the final gold star is just something else. Mario, you've done it again... how will you top this?

27 Dec, 2010

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  • Gob - January 2, 2011 4:12 a.m.

    Good list, I enjoyed it. And thank you for complementing Reach, I've seen too many sites that rip on it for no good reason in reviews. Sure, it's story felt a little weak, and the dialog was cringe-worthy in a couple places, but it was so beautiful, and the gameplay was so badass that I didn't really care. Hell yeah.
  • duckman2500 - January 2, 2011 4 a.m.

    You got to have Uncharted 2
  • gazer89 - January 1, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Hands down Nintendo wins the year with exclusives. It's not even close.
  • secretsearcher - January 1, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    Highly approve of the #1 choice. It really is a fantastic experience. And to all the people who say the Wii is lame: HA XD
  • majorsuave - January 1, 2011 2:34 a.m.

    that line made me giggle: "And everyone thinks Wii lacks power. This is freakin' awesome" the accompanying pictures looks like 2004 graphics.
  • zhanglinqq - December 30, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    cheapest G-Star urban clothing,( ( )
  • sotcninja - December 30, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the description of Monster Hunter Tri. I'm surprised how many people disregard the Monster Hunter series because of either graphics or simplicity. One of my favorite series. Also, I gotta get my hands on DKCR. It's driving me crazy!
  • CoktorBloktopus - December 29, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    good god that mario run was insane who ever that was gave me a gaming boner to the max.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - December 29, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    technically... mass effect 2 is still a console exclusive.
  • GreedSama - December 29, 2010 7:25 a.m. Alan Wake?
  • QuickDEMOL1SHER - December 29, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    Hello new article. Goodbye respect for Gamesradar.
  • Sleepingdragon - December 29, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    lets call all playstation fanboys playboys and all xbox fanboys xmen XD
  • Defguru7777 - December 29, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    Good that you recognized three Wii games in this article! It's good to know people can see past the Wii's obvious flaws to recognize good games (even though I haven't played Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Donkey Kong Country Returns,but I really want to). And I'm glad Reach made the list. The multiplayer is amazing, and so's the Firefight and campaign (I'm aware it's nowhere near as good as Halo 1-3's campaigns, but it's also nowhere near bad). And extra props to bring up the connectivity, most people would have either forgotten it or exclude it.
  • festerblatz82 - December 29, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    @IBrokeMyPipboy I agree, pretty embarrassing if not.
  • gilgamesh310 - December 28, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    It's amazing the amount of acclaim and recognition that Heavy Rain gets when it's predecessor Fahrenheit did the exact same things 5 years ago and got little to know recognition. Granted the graphics are much better in Heavy Rain but so what, gameplay comes first. Also how is Kratos a complicated individual. His just a psychopathic madman who's only puspose to exist is to exact revenge. Just because he somehow takes a liking to Pandora at the end in a contrived way doesn't make him complex.
  • xboxwarriorx - December 28, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    @ ibrokemaypipboy x_x you're mums a joke haha owned x_x for respect from men, the numbers 360
  • IBrokeMyPipboy - December 28, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    This comment section must be one big joke...
  • JohnnyMaverik - December 28, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    Minecraft makes this list a lie... also Civ V, Starcraft II, Amnesia etc...
  • bobbybroccoli - December 28, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    Awesome. 3 out of 7 were nitendo titles. Suck it sony/microsoft!
  • philipshaw - December 28, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more with this list

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